Summary: This is an excellent little recorder if you actually record with it and only playback what you have recorded. When I attempted to play pre-recorded tapes, the speed was either too fast or too slow, depending on which speed I selected. My fault for not reading the fine print and purchasing something that was intended to playback pre-recorded tapes. The service from the company was excellent, I just bought the wrong thing!
Summary: Although it's pretty easy to use, this cassette recorder isn't very sturdy. I bought it for my wife to use while writing songs on her guitar. Sometimes she wants to listen to a song to remember how she played it the first time. She dropped it off a kitchen table onto the linoleum and it stopped working. For the price, it's not a bad recorder, but plan on being very careful with it.
Summary: This is an okay recorder for occasional use. But the sound reproduction isn't all that clear so if you need it for extended recording or listening, spend a few more dollars and go for a Pansonic or Sony. THis also doesn't have a counter so it's hard to find specific areas of the recording, and you have to stop it each time you rewind or go forward. On the plus side it does have a seperate mic jack so you can use your own mic when recording a lecture or meeting.
Summary: The retailer got me exactly what I paid for, in a timely fashion. No problem there. As soon as I got it I popped in some good batteries and a good tape. Plugged in the earphones and pressed "Play". Wow - what a bunch of wow. Do you remember what wow is in a tape player - this things got it bad. They advertise 2 speed operation. Actually it includes ALL speed and it constantly hunts through them. I tried another tape and it was the same.
Summary: I still use cassettes, obviously, and I like the small player/recorders, which also have their own speaker. This product is well built and durable. It plays well and has auto-shutoff in play mode, though, as would be expected, not in rewind or fast forward modes. As another reviewer stated, recording using the condenser microphone produces a sound that isn't very good, even if recording close to the microphone (I have not tried recording from a distance).